This is directly lifted from the work of Wulf C. Krueger and can be found in its original form on his blog. This will be updated to match changes there as possible.
systemd is, at the time of this writing, the best maintained init system available in Exherbo.
You have to run a Linux kernel >=3.13. For unified cgroup hierachy support you’ll need >=4.2. The new kernel is only needed at runtime, not for building systemd (Note: The current iptables (1.6.2) in our stage tarballs requires >=4.4). Kernel options for systemd: cf. systemd’s README, here’s an excerpt:
CONFIG_DEVTMPFS CONFIG_CGROUPS (it's OK to disable all controllers) CONFIG_INOTIFY_USER CONFIG_SIGNALFD CONFIG_TIMERFD CONFIG_EPOLL CONFIG_NET CONFIG_SYSFS CONFIG_PROC_FS CONFIG_FHANDLE (libudev, mount and bind mount handling)
Udev will fail to work with the legacy sysfs layout:
Legacy hotplug slows down the system and confuses udev:
Userspace firmware loading is deprecated, will go away, and sometimes causes problems:
Some udev rules and virtualization detection relies on the following:
Support for some SCSI devices serial number retrieval, to create additional symlinks in /dev/disk/ and /dev/tape:
Optional but strongly recommended:
CONFIG_IPV6 CONFIG_AUTOFS4_FS CONFIG_TMPFS_POSIX_ACL CONFIG_TMPFS_XATTR CONFIG_SECCOMP
For systemd-bootchart, several proc debug interfaces are required:
For UEFI systems:
These two are only used for readahead stuff which is not enabled by default:
Once the kernel is properly configured and built,
cave resolve -x sys-apps/systemd(Read what cave tells you. If in doubt, read Paludis’ documentation.)
cave resolve world -cx
eclectic init list(and, if necessary
eclectic init set systemd)
/etc/vconsole.confto your liking. (If you delete it, empty it or comment out everything, systemd will use the kernel’s defaults.)
/etc/machine-infoto your liking.
After that reboot, you’ll be in a console with a minimal set of services started, hopefully ready to log in. Log in as root (the keyboard layout is set to US in vconsole.conf (see above) by default!). Then you can enable whatever services (found in /lib/systemd/system) you like, suggested ones are:
In the instance of troubles with sshd starting or missing keys, please consult
As an extremely simple and limited alternative to NetworkManager.service, there’s network.service and network.conf which get installed if you set the “simple-net” option for systemd. network.service only allows for static network setups with IPv4.
Alternatively, you can use dhcpcd.service.
It is advisable to hold off on enabling your display manager’s service (either kdm.service, gdm.service, xdm.service or slim.service) until your basic system has at least booted properly once and you can reach your system using ssh because in case things go wrong, it’s easier not to have to wrestle with a GUI.
To actually enable a service, run
systemctl enable <foo.service> More details can be found in systemd’s man page.
If you need help, it’s available in #exherbo, as usual, but reading this page first is absolutely necessary.
How/where do you specify extra modules to be loaded? You put the module name into
/etc/modules-load.d/foo.conf and it will get loaded, unless systemd-udev has already loaded it for you. Check that first.
My hostname is set to something funny, e. g. ‘08′! If you’re using NetworkManager, you need to set your hostname in
I’m getting messages about failing services, e. g. dev-hugepages.mount or sys-kernel-debug.automount. What’s up with that? You can either enable the corresponding kernel options, delete the symlink (e.g.
/lib/systemd/system/basic.target.wants/sys-kernel-debug.automount) or just ignore those messages. They’re harmless.
When sshd.socket is enabled, every closed ssh connection leaves a failed service around, e.g.
sshd@192...:55140.service. Harmless as well. There are no resources used by those so ignore them. (This should be fixed anyway.)
How do I debug problems with systemd? Read this page http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/How_to_debug_Systemd_problems
I’m completely lost. What do I do? Please remember there’s always a friend around. It’s called “man”.
Copyright 2013 Wulf C. Krueger, A Frederick Christensen